All Saints Church of England School in Fleet have taken their prayer spaces international, with a visit to share their prayer space practice with the staff and children at their link school, Soma, in The Gambia.
This follows a very engaging and well received prayer space that the school ran at Guildford Cathedral as part of the 'Thy Kingdom Come' event in 2018, which was themed around their link with The Gambia.
Every February half term, the school leads a staff trip to The Gambia where they engage in join curriculum projects with the staff and children at Soma School – engaging with and addressing global issues together. The most recent projects and work exchanges have been themed around peace, friendship, sustainable gardening and renewable energy.
Deputy head teacher Carmella Reece said:
“It was a real joy to share in our prayer space practice with the staff and Peace Club children at our link school in The Gambia. Our link school project is such a valued part of school life and we had such an incredible week working alongside the community, as a part of and for the community.”
The teachers from All Saints’ set up and led a Reflective Prayer Space, themed around their link school ‘s project ‘Let Your Light Shine’ which raises awareness of the importance of girl’s education. Together, through a range of reflective tasks, the staff and children all considered how they might be a light to others and how they might shine brightly - both individually and collectively.
Children made kindness pledges, written onto coloured slips of paper, folded and added to a glass jar. One of the pledges written by a one of the children said “if I see something happening to that person, I will be happy to that person”.
Inspired by our joint story The Sunflower Seeds of Peace, another of the prayer stations featured sunflower templates. Asked to consider how they might brighten someone else’s day, the children wrote thoughtful messages at the centre of their sunflowers, including “I will find a special time to chat with my family and play with my sisters and brothers”.
Read (PDF) a detailed diary of their trip to The Gambia.